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“Beautiful building and courtyard, nice loft rooms” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection
Ranked #41 of 162 Hotels in Cusco
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54 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Beautiful building and courtyard, nice loft rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights while in Cusco. The courtyard is gorgeous and lit-up beautifully at night. Never had the chance to try the restaurant but the bar and resto looked nice too. The rooms were very clean, loft style with small living quarters on the main floor and bedroom upstairs. The breakfast was nice including eggs, pastries, fruits and cereal but the coffee was outstanding. Great location just a few blocks from the main square and a nice (oxygen starved) stroll to the hill-tops.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Charlotte North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

We found this hotel after our flight home was cancelled by LAN; which we learned happens frequently, so make sure you can stay an extra day or two in Cusco if the wind kicks up over the Andes..best to book an early flight out to avoid wind problems!

We stayed her one night, in a two level room, which was very spacious! The sleeping area was upstairs, clean, quiet. The down stairs offers plenty of sitting area, full bathroom. There is no TV or phone. Free Wifi worked great! Staff was friendly, easy to communicate with...please don't expect everyone to speak perfect english...this is NOT THEIR primary language!

The hotel has lots of charm! Free breakfast in a lovely eating area on the 2nd floor with lots of windows and great views. The pisco sour "welcome drink x3" was much needed after our flight was cancelled! The location is perfect, just steps away from the main square and in the heart of many local shops. We felt very safe! I would surely stay here again!

Room Tip: Each room offers a balcony, which offers a nice connection to the outside world! We stayed in room 2...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rossi004
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012

My friends and i stayed at Arqueologo hotel for a total of 4 nights in November 2012. We stayed in Cusco, before going to Machu Picchu. We only reserved for the first night in Cusco here, but we ended up spending our entire nights in Cusco here. I just fell in love with this hotel. I have no problem with the facilities, rooms, and services, but I have a BIG complaint about the exchange rate when I paid with my credit card. The Soles/$ exchange rate was about 2.5 when I visited Peru, but when I paid my bill with my credit card (Master card), they used the exchange rate of 2.7!!! It's almost 10% tax on credit card transaction. I could ran to an exchange bureau but did not have time because we had to catch a cab to the airport. I hate this!!! But other than this cheating, I love the hotel. Below are the pros and the cons, and some pictures.

Pros:
(1) Not super-new but the decoration of the room is lovely (see my pics). The hotel has a colonial style, a cute garden in the middle of rooms. We enjoyed relaxing in chairs in the garden in our first day in Cusco, adjusting to 3400m.
(2) Easy walk (a bit upward but...) to the central square. Less than 10 minutes. Never felt dangerous even at night.
(3) Shower in my room (Rm 302, next to the reception) worked very well. Water was hot, and the water flow was strong. But my friends (in Room 102) complained that their shower was not as good as mine. So check shower before deciding your room.
(4) They offered a welcome pisco sour, which was very good.
(5) The heating in the room was no problem.
(6) Breakfast was very nice. The breakfast room was decorated in a lovely manner.
(7) The staff (especially the ones working at the bar and the restaurant) are very friendly and nice!
(8) The restaurant attached to the hotel was one of the best in Cusco we thought. It's a bit far from the center of tourism, so it's less pricy, but the quality of the meat and the chef were superb. We liked the restaurant so much we decided to come back for our last supper in Cusco. They also have almost-daily jazz or singing performances at the restaurant.
(9) For the quality of the rooms and services, I think the hotel is very reasonably priced.
(10) They have free wifi, but it seems that they turn off the wifi at night. I did not get signals in my room (at night).
(11) They kept out bags when we visited Machu Picchu and stayed in Aguas Calientes for one night.

Cons:
(a) In the first night, although I made a reservation through hotel.com the day before, we were told that they do not have our reservation in their system. According to them, their system is not connected to hotel.com server on Sunday (the first night of our stay was Sunday). At the end they had some vacancies so there was no problem, but they gave us standard rooms although I reserved superior rooms. So be careful.
(b) The Soles/$ exchange rate was about 2.5 when I visited Peru, but when I paid my bill with my credit card (Master card), they used the exchange rate of 2.7!!! It's almost 10% tax on credit card transaction. I could ran to an exchange bureau but did not have time because we had to catch a cab to the airport. I hate this!!!

At the end, I love my stay. If they did not charge 2.7 soles/$ for my bill, I gave five stars. Now I learned the way they tricked their customers, I think I come back to this hotel when I come back to Cusco.

Room Tip: Check shower. Make sure you get very hot water with a strong water flow!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
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168 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

This hotel could have been a perfect experience, but it wasn't quite. For Cusco it does seem very reasonably priced and there is no question that I would stay again. I loved the "loft" room ... with a small living room and beautiful bathroom downstairs and a huge bed and airy, open feel in the upstairs loft. Caution, if you have trouble with narrow curving stairs, you don't want this loft room. I didn't care that there was no TV ... I wasn't in Peru to watch TV. OK ... so my little travel problems ... it started before I got to Peru and was trying to get an entrance ticket to Machu Pichhu. The travel agent associated with the hotel said they could get me one. When I arrived they didn't have one. They were able to get one the day before my travel to MP ... however it was really dicey and close and they had to get a Montana ticket rather than the regular ticket. It was both bad and good service. Second ... the hotel advertises that they pick you up at the airport. But the front desk person said they wouldn't. But the reservations person said they would. And when I arrived at the airport, there was no one to meet me. A phone call by a local person to the hotel ... and they did send someone. But it was a waste of time.

Although there were problems ... overall it was a great place and I'd do it again, but perhaps be a little smarter next time ... maybe something you can learn from my experience.

Room Tip: Ask for a loft room! (unless you can't do narrow winding stairs)
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AK_Steve_AK
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Hotel_Arqueologo, Director General at Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Thank you very much for your comment Mr. Steve
First of all I wanted to apologize for the inconvenience you had at our hotel, we we care every day to improve our service and eliminate the faults we have and your comments help us to identify them, Our travel agency is to solve different problems that our customers may have in the realization of their excursions and so meet the different needs of our guests.
Our standard and superior rooms have no tv but given our guests if requested. We also have suites with TV according to the needs of our customers, again thanking your comment. the hope back with open arms.
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

Spent 3 nights here in early October. Good location in Cusco, on a quite street, just a few minutes (uphill, might be problem for someone) walk from Plaza de Armas. Rooms were nice (we had a loft-type room with king bed). No TV in the room, but you can request. Friendly and helpful stuff. Used their travel agency to arrange all our tours in Cusco area, reasonable priced, great service. Front desk staff was friendly & welcoming. Great breakfast included, free wifi. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank manasr13
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Hotel_Arqueologo, Director General at Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Thank you very much for your comment and your recommendations Mr. manasr13
We are happy because she loved our location and the different areas of our hotel as well as the different services we offer in the main travel agency which we have performed various services such as the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and other ... Which are well organized to the satisfaction of our customers.
we look forward to have you back soon.
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

I love this hotel. It's cozy, in a great location a few minutes walk from Plaza de Armas and Sacksaywaman, and the staff are all so friendly and helpful. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable and have a very cozy, country-cabin feel, the showers are hot, and the breakfast was great. This hotel is a great value for the price. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JennaB27
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Hotel_Arqueologo, Director General at Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Google Translation
Muchas gracias JennaB27 por tu comentario Nuestra ubicacion facilita la posibilidad de realizar visitas a los diferentes atractivos importantes de nuestra ciudad como Sacsayhuaman y calles antiguas que datan de la epoca Inca y como tambien nosotros ponemos mucha enfasis por la exelente presentacion de nuestras habitaciones hacia nuestros clientes asi como tambien en el servicio que presta nuestro personal para asi poder conseguir la mejor satisfaccion de nuestros huespedes.
Esperamos tenerte de nuevo en nuestro hotel.
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

some reviews on trip advisor mentioned that this hotel was out of the way in a dark and creepy area and was not anywhere near the value but this is NOT true - it was an excellent stay, good value. we had the Inka Suite (with the loft) so maybe this room is better than others, but we enjoyed our stay and the reception staff and the hotel restaurant was also delicious and comfortable. we did have hot water during our stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lfd220
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Hotel_Arqueologo, Director General at Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
Enchanted by the comment that recognizes the excellent location that is our hotel, although we are in a very calm and quiet street in the neighborhood of Cuzco typical sancristobal which makes a pleasant stay for our huepedes. About the rooms in our hotel we are acclimated and equipped to meet the needs of our customers, com and also to our staff is trained to provide quality service.
We look forward to have you soon.
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Property: Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection
Address: Calle Pumacurco 408, Cusco 08000, Peru
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Region: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Cusco
#35 Family Hotel in Cusco
#37 Romantic Hotel in Cusco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Arqueologo is situated just a five-minute walk from Cusco's Main Square "Plaza de Armas", in the traditional San Cristobal neighborhood, with its narrow streets and Inca walls, colonial-era balconies and baroque churches. During the Inca period, our street was one of the main avenues of the imperial capital, connecting the center of the city with the great fortress of Saqsaywaman. ... more   less 
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